The Fish Locally Collaborative works to promote a healthier ocean through community based fisheries.

The FLC unites fishermen, fishing families, scientists, community organizers, policy reformers, youth activists, new economy leaders, food system advocates, and many more through a dynamic and flexible collaborative that achieves both policy that works and socio-economic-political power that lasts.

We are working to transform both fisheries policies and markets for seafood. We believe the seafood value chain should bring the most value to our marine ecosystem, local economies, and ensure both a fair price to fishermen and food access to those who depend on seafood for their diet.

The FLC is currently focused on policy to ensure a level playing field for small and mid-scale fisheries and to ensure that access to the fishery be in the control of communities and not large-scale outside interests. On the market side, FLC members are working to build alternative marketing programs that bring more value to the fishermen, the ocean, local communities, and our food system. Programs include CSF, fish to school, and partnering with other institutional buyers. 


The FLC uses a decentralized structure to support community leaders it their own communities and organizations, helping to build capacity and leadership support. The FLC does not look like a traditional pyramid model where a few people at the top speak on behalf of all the members. Instead the FLC creates space for others to speak on behalf of themselves, strengthen each other's common goals wherever possible, and anchor ourselves in a strong set of values.

Currently there are four FLC working groups that address policy, seafood markets, research, and messaging. At any given time there are co-organizers to help facilitate each workgroup.

NAMA's role is to be a backbone support for the FLC structure, providing resources where possible, but allowing the flexiblity for the collaborative to evolve organically. NAMA is committed to ensuring a process where individuals and groups work together toward an intersection of common goals by sharing knowledge, learning, and building consensus. Top-down leadership is not required in a collaborative process and can sometimes bring better results through full and equal participation from all collaborators. 

FLC 'collaborators' make the decisions. The FLC models a genuine participatory governance structure that is bottom up. The local fishermen and fishing communities who are most impacted by policies, changing markets, and ocean conservation are at the center of the decision making table.



If you share our vision of restoring and enhancing marine biodiversity through community-based fisheries we invite you to join us.  Please contact Brett Tolley at or 718-570-2377 for more information.